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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by dannymur, May 30, 2011.

  1. dannymur

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    OK, so I got my new SanDisk 16GB Class 4 at last, from Amazon.....

    Now, I know from lots of sources that there are myriad problems with SD cards, and there are variations relating to the actual phone, the card, etc.

    So, I have decided to Format this card right from the off, as I have seen this elsewhere as a necessary preliminary step.

    Now, I only got the liddle teensy weeny card, with no caddy?? or SD cover.

    I have only got SD slot on Laptop.

    There is a format function in CWR, and I am hoping that I will be able to format the new card there, without ever actually booting into the Android system.

    I use the App2SD froyo, which has the apps in /mnt/sdcard/.android_secure folder.

    I have a complete back-up of all on the SD, which is FAT32, including the apps folder shown above.

    Am I being over-cautious?? in wanting to format the new SD card??

    I don't know if it is currently formatted.

    If not, will there be a problem accessing it for format in CWR??

    TIA for any and all answers, gotta go.....check in later.

    Cheers

    I will have a full back-up of my existing card on PC, ready to restore to the new card.
     

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    Do you have a micro SD adapter?

    If you do use GParted (burn a Parted Magic CD or Ubuntu CD) to clone your original SD's FAT32 partition to your new memory card, then resize it if necessary
     
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    Hi sn....sorry, no MicroSD adapter, never needed it, i was retired until Android came along.......;)

    I went ahead anyway, having read as much as I could about various dodgy SD's etc......I actually also registered my SanDisk card with them here:

    Support Login

    so I have a warranty until 2016.......:eek:

    won't get that from Hong Kong!!!

    I backed up all data on the original SD

    Powered off phone, removed Battery....JIC, 2B sure 2B sure

    Replaced original SD with new 16GB card..

    Booted into recovery.....

    Choose: mounts and storage

    Options there are:

    Mount: /data.... /sdcard.... /sd-ext....

    Format: /boot.... /cache.... /data.... /sdcard.... /system.... /sd-ext....

    Mount USB Storage

    So, without any hesitation, I chose the Format /sdcard option.

    Took about 3 secs.

    Then I took Mount USB Storage option, (First connected to Laptop via USB).

    Allowed connection on Laptop, checked the Drive (G: in my case).

    Windoze 7 Confirmed..... empty SD card, formatted in FAT32, no errors on drive:

    checkfor errors by right-click on Drive/Properties/Tools/error checking/check now (disable auto-fix first time, just in case).

    Went to Blade Back-up folder on Laptop, copied all files onto SD card, (Removable Disk (G): in my case.....).

    Disconnected USB after copy procedure completed successfully...dismounted by clicking on USB connected notification on PC Taskbar.

    On Phone, still in CWR, go back to main menu, choose Reboot.

    When phone powered up, all OK, no probs with apps, so far.....

    Except, this SD card seems slower, even when using SD Speed Increase at cache-size 2048, or 1024....

    Also, CSipSimple used to run OK from SD before, now I had to move it back to Phone, but this is recommended by the Devs anyway....

    I am not sure what Class the original 2GB card was, no indication on card, but the new one is Class 4.

    Hope this mini-guide is helpful to someone, like me, too mean to buy an micro SD Adapter :p
     
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    Regarding speed, just like processors, every card has different read write speeds

    Glad to hear you got it sorted. :)
     
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